The seventh Kari Sajavaara Memorial Lecture

Anne Holmen

Professor and Director of the Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The university as a multilingual site

According to the parallel language network under the Nordic Council of Ministers, parallel language use is an every day reality at Nordic universities. However, internationalisation has brought about an increased linguistic diversity among faculty members as well as students. In this lecture Anne Holmen will use studies from University of Copenhagen to discuss not only changes in the language use and language affiliations of the university population, but also some language policy issues this raises.


Anne Holmen is now professor of parallel language use at University of Copenhagen and director of the University’s Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use. Until 2011 she was professor of bilingualism and second language learning at University of Education in Denmark. A main focus in her research is the learning situation of language minority students in mainstream classrooms from primary school till higher education, but she has also studied language policy in practice and carried out curricular studies.